The Department of Pre-University, Government of Karnataka is the organization for implementation of higher secondary education in the state. We function under the Department of Primary & Secondary Education. There are 1202 Government Pre-University colleges, 637 Aided Pre-University colleges, 1936 Unaided Pre-University colleges, 165 bifurcated Pre-University colleges & 13 Corporation Pre-university colleges.
After X standard every year about 10 lakhs students enroll in the 2 year Pre-university courses. The courses offered by the Department are broadly classified under the categories of Humanities (Arts), Science & Commerce. There are 23 subjects, 11 languages and 50 combinations in the Pre-University curriculum. In 2010-11, there were 4,43,185 students in Humanities in I & II PUC, 2,47,421 students in Science in I & II PUC & 2,77,189 students in commerce in I & II PUC.
The Department of Pre-University Education is a very critical and important component in the education. A good foundation is laid for improving the personality of students at PU level. It is here they choose various streams, which lead to further general and professional courses. Today Higher Education is reaching a larger section of students and good results are also seen. Hence, there is a great demand for Pre University Education. All the Government, Private aided and Private unaided PU colleges come under the purview of the Department of Pre-University Education in the matters of Administration, Academic and Examination.
It is a good sign that year by year the strength of students gaining admission to PUC course is increasing. Students are continuing their higher studies in large number. In order to provide equal opportunity to the talented students to join in different colleges, the department is issuing guidelines for admission to all the colleges. As a result of this a full transparency has been maintained in admission procedure. Reservation policy of the Govt. has been strictly implemented. Thus the entire admission procedure is impartial and transparent.